Chris Vaughan


Much of Chris’s practice involves working closely with SMEs - many often born out of promising academic research by major UK universities - and helping them to develop effective intellectual property strategies and secure multi-million pound investments. He also works with in-house patent attorneys and senior executives at major multinationals, and has expertise in worldwide patent prosecution.

Chris has extensive experience in the fields of radio communications, electronic article surveillance, electronic retail merchandising systems, computer software, chemical engineering and process intensification, civil engineering including piling and foundation technologies, road surfacings and markings, bridge expansion joints, electrochemistry, novel metal coatings, fire retardants, piezoelectric materials and nano-technology. He relishes the challenges presented in helping diverse clients protect their innovations from inception to commercial reality.

After taking a first degree in natural sciences and a postgraduate diploma in computer science at Christ’s College Cambridge, Chris entered the profession directly in 1991, training with a large private practice firm in London. He qualified in 1995, and joined HGF as a partner in 1999. Chris is fluent in German, and is experienced in acting before the Opposition and Appeal Divisions of the European Patent Office in Munich.